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36 Day Zanzibar to Cape Town Overland

R27,195

+ Local Payment USD 880

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Tour Style Camping
Countries Visited Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
Starts Dar es Salaam
Ends Cape Town
Group Size Max 28 - 30
Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older

Great value Zanzibar to Cape Town Overland camping safari tour from the warm waters of the Indian Ocean all the way down to Cape Town through Southern Africa.

Free arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more
10% discount for ISIC cardholders

 

 

Tour Overview

Departing from Dar es Salaam
Ends in
Cape Town

Zanzibar to Cape Town Overland begins in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania this tour takes us south through Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia before coming to an end in Cape Town, South Africa. We depart from Dar es Salaam in the early hours of a Sunday morning, so if you wish to have a chance to explore this city and surroundings, an earlier arrival should be planned and accommodation booked through your consultant.

Highlights

Included

  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport per itinerary
  • Zanzibar Ferry
  • Dar Es Salaam
  • Lake Malawi
  • South Luangwa National Park
  • Chobe Overnight Excursion
  • Chobe National Park
  • Etosha National Park
  • Cheetah Park
  • Spitzkoppe
  • Swakopmund
  • Sossusvlei
  • Namib Nauklift National Park
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Orange River
  • Township Tour

Excluded

  • International Flights
  • Airport Departure Taxes
  • Departure Transfer
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Visas
  • Border taxes
  • Passports
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
  • All optional activities
  • Unscheduled or optional national / game parks and other activities
  • Gratuities
  • Sleeping bag if needed
  • Pillows
  • Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
  • All drinks
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Other items of a personal nature

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Itinerary

Day 1

Dar es Salaam – Zanzibar (Optional)

We are taken to the ‘Spice Island’ via a ferry that departs from Dar es Salaam. Here, we have the option to spend the next three evenings. Zanzibar is rich in history and was one of the foremost starting points for the majority of East African explorers in their pursuit of new land. New fellow travellers may join us here, replacing those who will be leaving us at the end of our Zanzibar expedition.

Please note: Accommodation and meals are for your own account during our Zanzibar trip, as it is our experience that passengers prefer to explore the island on their own and in accordance with their own budgets. The trip leader will join you and it is through them that you can organise your lodging, whilst meals can be purchased from a broad variety of restaurants. There will also be a wide selection of Optional Excursions on offer.

For travellers not wishing to visit the island of Zanzibar, the next three days will be spent at leisure at the beach campsite in Dar es Salaam. Here, there will be a variety of Optional Excursions available from the camp, including diving, snorkelling and fishing trips.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Included Activity: Zanzibar Ferry
Optional Activity: Zanzibar Excursion

Zanzibar

Day 2 - 3

Zanzibar Island

Apart from its intriguing history, Zanzibar has plenty of enthralling experiences to offer visitors. Zanzibar is well-known for its tasty spices , and a trip around one of the spice plantations always proves to be an extremely interesting experience. Other Optional Excursions include an outing to the incredible beaches and gigantic tortoises of Prison Island, a full day scuba dive that takes place in Nungwe or even a fishing trip in a traditional dhow. You can always hire a moped to get yourself around the island, perhaps to one of the brilliant seafood restaurants where you can indulge in a sumptuous and very reasonably-priced meal. In fact, Zanzibar is a seafood lover’s heaven, with only the freshest seafood being caught daily – crayfish being a rather well-liked specialty. If you prefer to hang back, feel free to socialise with the interesting and friendly locals during dinner.

No Meals Included

Accommodation and Meals are for your own account whilst on Zanzibar, as it is our experience that passengers prefer to explore the island on their own.

The Trip Leader joins you and can arrange your accommodation, while meals can be enjoyed from a wide selection of restaurants.

For those not opting to visit the island of Zanzibar, the next 3 days are spent at leisure at the beach campsite in Dar es Salaam. There are various optional excursions available from the camp including diving, snorkelling and fishing trips. The driver and cook remain behind in Dar es Salaam during the excursion.

Zanzibar-Nungwi-Beach

Day 4

Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

We depart from Zanzibar in the afternoon, returning to the mainland for one more evening spent in Dar es Salaam. We typically arrive at camp in the early evening.

Meals Included: None

Day 5

Dar es Salaam – Iringa, Tanzania

Today we depart from Dar es Salaam and head south through the Mikumi National Park, where we might be able to spot a variety of wildlife on the sides of the road, completely oblivious to the vehicles passing right by them. We make our way toward Iringa, where our night is spent in a lovely campsite that is renowned for its delicious Amarula Hot Chocolate and its satisfyingly warm showers.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - 8

Iringa – Lake Malawi, Malawi

We enter ‘the warm heart of Africa’, Malawi, via the Songwe border post and pass through some beautiful Tukuyu tea and banana plantations. Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of its overall area comprised of stunning Lake Malawi. We adventure across the length of the western side of the lake, making stops at numerous bays and inlets over the following three days.

Our days are spent learning the game of Bao from the locals, browsing the markets for bargains or just unwinding on the unspoiled golden beaches. The pleasant climate of Malawi enables us to enjoy long swims in the clear, sparkling blue freshwater lake any time of the year. Feel free to explore the exquisite shore where you’ll be able to spot local fishermen reeling in their catches of the day. These locals still make use of traditional fishing techniques and, in order to appreciate their boating skills, you should attempt at least once, to head onto the still waters on a dugout canoe all on your own – it’s more difficult than it may seem! During the evening you’ll be witness to the pretty ‘fairy lights’ of the fishermen still out on the lake in the distance. The numerous campsites along the shores of Lake Malawi provide plenty Optional Excursions, including a wide variety of water sports, horseback rides and even a stopover at the local village and school.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional activities vary; however we do recommend that you do the village tour. Please note that you can bring along with you pens, notepads, pencils and dry starch foods for the village tour. For more information please speak to your crew.

Lake Malawi

Day 9

Lake Malawi – Chipata, Zambia

Heading away from Lake Malawi, we make a stop in the capital of Malawi, Lilongwe – a relatively small city that is divided into the old town and the new administrative centre. Here we re-stock our provisions before we cross into Zambia where we overnight in a charming campsite situated a mere 10 kilometres from the Malawi/Zambia border.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Chipata – Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Leaving Chipata we head southwest to Luangwa National Park located on the Luangwa River. The park is home to elephants, giraffe, hippos and crocodiles to name a few and covers over 9000 Km2.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Game drives through South Luangwa National Park

south-luangwa-national-park

Day 11

Luangwa National Park – Eastern Zambia, Zambia

Departing Luangwa National Park we make our way further south through the mining and farming regions of Zambia.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12

Eastern Zambia – Livingstone, Zambia

As we continue south on our way to Livingstone, we travel through the southern towns of Zambia, majority of which support the local agriculture and farming industries. Locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya or ‘the Smoke that Thunders’, Victoria Falls is approximately 1700 metres wide and about 100 metres high, making it the world’s biggest sheet of falling water and an incredible sight to witness on your journey through Africa. We can view the mighty Falls from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia, which makes for an incredible photographic opportunity. In the evening, we have the chance to delight in a gorgeous sunset dinner cruise on the majestic Zambezi.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Zambezi Sunset river boat cruise

Day 13

Livingstone – Chobe National Park, Botswana

Departing from Zambia, we cross the border into Botswana at the Kazangula Ferry. When we have completed the formalities required by border patrol, we carry on toward the town of Kasane that is located on the Chobe River banks. The Chobe River creates a natural divide between Botswana and Namibia, with Zambia as its primary water source. When we return, we pack and prepare to leave for our Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile adventure. This excursion is an overnight excursion taking place in the wilderness of the Chobe National Park. Chobe is one of Botswana’s leading game parks, famous for its massive elephant herds. Our afternoon is spent seeking out wildlife whilst we game drive to our campsite that is situated within the park, where we will spend our night surrounded by the sounds of nocturnal wildlife. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled during our game drive for the scarce Sable and Roan Antelope with magnificent horns. Following our evening in the bush, we make our way out early in the morning to carry on our search for wildlife before we depart from our campsite and head back to Kasane.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile excursion

Day 14

Chobe National Park – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

When we have returned to camp, we board our truck once again and make our way to Zimbabwe’s border. When we have completed border formalities, we continue a short distance to Victoria Falls. The town of Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River and encircled by the Victoria Falls National Park. Our campsite for today is appropriately located in the town’s centre, within walking distance to the adventure booking agents, restaurants and stores. A short walk down the main road will lead you to the entrance point where you can view the Falls that are located between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (‘the Smoke that Thunders’) was named by the famous David Livingstone during his vast explorations in Africa. Our afternoon is dedicated to unwinding near the campsite’s swimming pool, watching the spray of the mighty Victoria Falls or simply adventuring around town, soaking up all that it has to offer.

Meals Included: Brunch

Included: Entrance to Victoria Falls

Day 15 - 16

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The following two days are spent at our leisure, taking part in a variety of Optional Excursions. Several people in our group will be leaving us on this Victoria Falls section of the tour, only to be replaced by some new adventurers who will be joining us for the remainder of our trip.

Meals Included: Breakfast on both days

Optional Activities include riding elephants and horses, walking with tame lions, a visit to the crocodile ranch, boat cruises and even a game of golf at The Elephant Hills Resort. Adrenalin junkies have the opportunity to bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge that connects Zimbabwe and Zambia, or to abseil down the Batoka Gorge. Throughout the year, adventurers are welcome to flights in fixed wings, microlights and ultra-light aircrafts or helicopters that give us an opportunity to experience an aerial view over the majestic falls. First class white water rafting on the Zambezi is also available as well as ‘floats’ where we will have a chance to marvel at the incredible cliffs as well as spot the occasional animal roaming on the riverbanks.

Victoria Falls

Day 17

Victoria Falls – Chobe National Park, Botswana

Today we make our way out of Victoria Falls to the border that allows us to cross over into Botswana. When we have completed the border formalities, we travel back to the town of Kasane located on the banks of the Chobe River, where we will have a chance to once more partake in the Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion. For those wanting to sit this one out, there will be an opportunity to take part in an early morning game drive instead.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile Excursion

Parco Chobe

Day 18

Chobe National Park – Kasane, Botswana

Returning to the camp, we have some time to relax at leisure. Feel free to partake in an optional boat cruise on the Chobe River, or you can just spend your time relaxing at the swimming pool.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19

Kasane – Maun, Botswana

Maun is the starting point for travel into the Okavango Delta and it is from here that we set off to explore the Okavango Delta. Tonight we prepare for our overnight excursion. We suggest bringing along a smaller daypack on your trip which can be used to pack the supplies needed for this short excursion. Your guide will brief you on what is needed and what to expect before your trip to the Delta.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20 - 21

 Maun – Okavango Delta – Maun, Botswana

You have the opportunity to partake in the overnight excursion into the Delta. Rising early, we travel from Maun for a few hours heading north towards the mokoro poler’s station.The Delta region is studded with many local villages where many families live in a traditional way. Some of the villages are very remote and can only be reached by the traditional mode of transport – the Mokoro. Mokoros are dugout canoes manoeuvred through the waterways by local guides who “pole” them through the reeds. At the Mokoro station, we meet our ‘Polers’ and pack our supplies before heading out into the waterways. After a couple of hours along the waterways, we arrive at our mobile tented camp situated in the heart of the Okavango.

Upon arrival you meet the local staff who will be your host during your stay. A brief introduction will be given showing you your dome tent with twin beds and a bush en-suite bathroom – long drop toilet and a bucket shower. Relax in the tent with a cold drink or take a paddle in the Delta in a canoe. The activities at the camp include Mokoro trails and guided walking.

The following day you have the opportunity to enjoy one last game walk in the Delta before making your way back to Maun.  After our Mokoro ride and vehicle swap, we arrive back in time to participate in an optional scenic flight over The Delta (dependent on weather conditions & availability).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Overnight Delta excursion

Okavango Delta

Day 22

Maun – Ghanzi, Botswana

Travelling towards the small village of Ghanzi, this will be our last night in the beautiful Botswana. The village is home to the San / Bushman and you can learn more about them by participating in the optional Bushman experience offered by the campsite.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Bushman Experience

Day 23

Ghanzi –  Windhoek, Namibia

Today we make our way to Windhoek. A rather small town but with many places of historical interest. The afternoon is free for you to explore this place.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional: Dinner at Joe’s Beer House

Day 24

Windhoek – Etosha National Park, Namibia

Leaving Windhoek, we make our way to the Etosha National Park.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Night game drives with Etosha National Park

Day 25

Etosha National Park, Namibia

Making our way 150 kilometres across the park, we keep a sharp lookout for the various mammals, reptiles, birds and insects indigenous to this area. As the flora begins to change, so does the animal and bird life that depend on it. Therefore, you will be able to witness a massive selection of different game as you cross to the different areas of the Park. Following our full day of game viewing, we leave the Park though the Anderson gate and make our way back to our campsite, a mere 10 kilometres away. Here we have the chance to indulge in a quick dip in the pool before dinner followed by a peaceful evening at the bar.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Game drives through Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park

Day 26

Etosha National Park, Namibia

We head further north through the Namibian countryside to the surrounding  areas of the Etosha National Park.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Game drive

Etosha

Day 27

Etosha National Park – Brandberg, Namibia

Today we head on south to the area of the Brandberg. All depending on the time of arrival we will have the opportunity to explore the area.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 28

Brandberg – Swakopmund, Namibia

Today we make our way to Swakopmund, via Spitzkoppe (day trip). The colonial influence of the Germans who founded Swakopmund in 1982 is still visible today. With a wide selection of charming coffee shops, restaurants and bars, as well as various arts and crafts stores selling Namibian curios, Swakopmund is a lovely place to visit and explore for a day or two. The city also boasts a handful of wonderful beaches as well as a fantastic museum, aquarium and several galleries. The golden beaches and seaside promenade make for a tranquil and refreshing walk, though the ocean waters might be a bit too cold to swim in.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Included Activity: Brief stop at Spitzkoppe

Day 29

Swakopmund, Namibia

The following day is devoted to relaxation or to partaking in a variety of Optional Excursions. Some of our fellow travellers may be leaving us in Swakopmund only to have their places taken by new passengers, eager to join us for the final stretch of our trip.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activities: Sky diving, quad biking, sand boarding, scenic desert flights, dolphin cruises, fishing trips, golf, horse riding and more. An activity briefing will be held on arrival in Swakopmund.

Swakopmund-budget-tour

Day 30 - 31

Swakopmund – Sesriem, Namibia

Departing from Swakopmund, we make our way south to the industrial Walvis Bay before heading inland toward the desert. Along our travels, we enter the Namib-Naukluft Park which is one of the oldest deserts in the world. Basing ourselves at Sesriem, we are given the opportunity to truly enjoy the Namib and our beautiful surrounds. A brief distance away is Sossusvlei – a salt and clay pan enclosed by an undulating ocean of sand dunes that are renowned as some of the highest in the world, peaking at the Big Daddy dune which is 380 metres high! Our afternoon is spent exploring this incredible region and an optional guided tour is available that gives you an opportunity to walk around the area whilst being educated about the fascinating history, geology, flora and fauna from the expert local guides. Exquisite desert views can be seen from the tops of these incredible dunes. Be sure to take a look at the stars tonight, because this desert sky gives a special performance that can’t be seen anywhere else in the world.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Visit to Dune 45
Optional Activity: Visit to Sossusvlei

Namib Desert

Day 32

Sesriem – Fish River Canyon, South Africa

Awaking early, we leave to watch the sun rise over this stunning area and we depart the tranquillity of the dunes in order to make our way south to the Fish River Canyon. This is the world’s second biggest canyon at approximately 161 kilometres long, 27 kilometres wide and around 550 metres deep. The outer part of the canyon was created by tectonic shifts whilst the inner portion was formed by erosion. There is a driving route that follows the eastern rim, allowing us entry to numerous view points from where we can be witness to the magnificent landscape below as well as breathtaking sunsets.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Visit to Fish River Canyon

Day 33

Fish River Canyon – Orange (Gariep) River, South Africa

We continue south this morning and, following a brief drive, we arrive at the Orange River which forms a natural divide between Namibia and South Africa. Tonight we reside at a gorgeous campsite situated on the riverbanks on the South African side. During the afternoon, we have the choice to partake in a half-day canoe trip taking place on the exquisite Orange River, giving us the opportunity to do some bird watching or to simply enjoy a picturesque and tranquil paddle on the refreshing waters of the River. In the evening we have a chance to have some fun at the fantastic camp bar that overlooks this gorgeous river.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Canoeing on the Gariep River

Fish River Canyon

Day 34

Orange River – Cederberg, South Africa

In the early hours of the morning, we begin our travels south through Richtersveld and the mining town of Springbok before arriving in the area known as Namaqualand that is renowned for its abundance of Namaqua wildflowers that bloom every spring. Our night is spent in a beautifully scenic campsite surrounded by local wine farms that give us a chance to do some delicious wine tasting. We are then free to explore the incredible views of the Cederberg Mountains, following which we spend our last night beneath the star-speckled African sky.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Wine tasting

Day 35

Cederberg – Cape Town, South Africa

Leaving the beautiful Cederberg region, we travel south toward the cosmopolitan Mother City of Cape Town. We journey through the abundant fruit growing areas of Citrusdal before we cross the Piekenierskloof Pass to the Cape’s wine growing areas. Once the iconic Table Mountain comes into view, we know we have reached our final destination. We spend tonight in dormitories located in one of the beautiful city’s most loved hotels.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Included Activity: Township tour in Cape Town

Day 36

Cape Town, South Africa

Today is spent exchanging contact details following which we part ways with the people who have experienced a life-changing journey with us. There is a broad selection of activities on offer in Cape Town and its surrounds, including day trips, short tours and longer tours journeying up the scenic coast of South Africa.

We recommend you extend your stay here by a few days in order to partake in some of the incredible activities offered here. Post-tour lodging can easily be booked through us.

 

Activities

Included in Local Payment

  • This tour includes a Free arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
  • Zanzibar Ferry
  • Game drives through South Luangwa National Park
  • Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile excursion
  • Entrance to Victoria Falls
  • 3 Day / 2 Night Drive in Okavango Delta Mokoro Excursion
  • Game drives through Etosha National Park
  • Brief stop at Spitzkoppe
  • Visit to Dune 45
  • Visit to Sossusvlei
  • Visit to Fish River Canyon
  • Canoeing on the Gariep River
  • Wine tasting
  • Township tour


Other Activities

Tanzania Zanzibar

  • Transfer to Nungwe 20 US$
  • Zanzibar Accommodation From 40 US$ - 60 US$ per day
  • Spice Tour including lunch 40 US$
  • Prison Island Snorkeling Trip 30 US$
  • Diving, Snorkeling & Fishing From 40US$
  • Dhow Sunset Cruise 40 US$
  • Motorbike/ Car Hire From 60 US$ - 80 US$
  • +local drivers license / insurance at 5 US$
Malawi
  • Freshwater Diving at Kande Beach 55US$ (Additional dives 30 US$ each)
  • Horse Riding at Kande Beach 2Hr / 3Hr (Bush, Beach & Swim) 70 US$ / 100 US$
  • Village Walk & Meal at Kande Beach 20 US$
  • Traditional Healer Visit 10 US$
  • Livingstonia Mission Hike - 30km return 10 US$
  • Carving Lessons & Local Fishing *Price to be negotiated on arrival
Zimbabwe
  • Please ensure that you pay for activities in Victoria Falls with US$ CASH
  • Trip T-Shirt 30 US$
Victoria Falls
  • White Water Rafting-Full Day 140 US$
  • River Boarding combo Raft & Board 180 US$
  • Bungee Jump (111m) 150 US$
  • Micro Light over the Falls-15mins 170 US$
  • Helicopter Flight over the Falls 12 mins 155 US$
  • Zambezi Sunset river boat cruise From 50 US$
Botswana
  • Scenic Flight Over Delta (300-350US$ per plane 100 US$ max 5 pax)
Namibia Swakopmund Activities
  • Quad Biking – 1Hr/2 Hr 100US$
  • Sand Boarding – Lie Down/ Stand Up 55US$ / 70 US$
  • Township Tour 80 US$
  • Tandem Skydive (Weather Permitting) 350 US$
  • Horse Riding (2Hrs) 100 US$
  • Fishing 145 US$
  • Dolphin Cruise 80 US$
  • Kayaking 95 US$
  • Paragliding (Weather Permitting) 150 US$
  • Scenic Flight (various) (Weather Permitting) As per Operator
  • Hot Air Ballooning (Weather Permitting) 450 US$
South Africa
  • Various activities in Cape Town Depends on choice of activity

 

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